My Kitchen Rules – The Asylum Was Indeed Torture
Didn’t the other teams realise that waiting five hours for their food was the torture part of the dining experience at “the asylum”. In what was a disaster night of dining with prolonged waiting times, but every MKR applicant for next year is hopefully making a note to slip a protein bar in their handbag to avoid agonising hunger pangs.
It was Western Australian gatecrashers, Keiran and Natassia’s night to cook and ten minutes into the episode you knew it was going to be a train wreck. After describing themselves as quirky, and not your typical individual it was not surprising that they started their instant restaurant day late. Apparently they had been caught up with playing Mortal Kombat.
After being stuck in traffic, they then had to find the rainbow trout for their main which Natassia said was not a common fish. I am pretty sure many years ago I did actually buy some in Coles however maybe it was out of season. In the end they had to spend an hour to go and buy some from a fishmongers. This meant they started their prep an hour late.
Their menu on paper looked fantastic for entree it was Spinach and Walnut Ravioli, for main Rainbow Trout Baked in Salt Dough with a Lemon Sauce, and dessert was Pears Poached in Champagne with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Pistachio biscuits.
Keiran who is probably more at home handling the online stress or War Of The Worlds, started unravelling in the kitchen pretty quickly and it was only up beat Natassia who kept it all going.
First he did not make the pasta dough properly, maybe he should have put it in the fridge. However when they realised it was not going to work he realised he did not have enough flour to make some more. This was probably a good thing as the teams would have been waiting three hours for their entrees as well.
The teams were getting restless, and Lisa was not looking happy with the Italian girls getting jokey with Stefano. Lisa did not have to worry about this occurring with the NSW girls. The look on Ashlee’s face when she realised she was stuck beside him again was priceless. “He is sooo dumb” she wailed. This was line of the night and probably explains the relationship between Lisa and him.
Tension was increasing between the “Real Housewives” and the Asians and have to confess I am quite liking both teams. Angela was confused about the Baked Salt Dough and said she did not like anything with dough around it as it dried it out. Sophia quickly put her in her place saying she was expecting something moist because of the dough.
It was surprising how many around the table were a bit confused about the role of the salt dough. Don’t they watch Masterchef this technique is on at least once a year and if you go on a cooking show as a contestant wouldn’t you watch a lot of cooking shows.
Steph from Queensland said she would not cook that way, which was non-surprising as there was no fat involved.
The WA nerds were in all sorts of trouble with their main. Firstly because they could not fit all the fish in the oven at once so had to be cooked in sequence. Also it was taking Natassia about 30 minutes to roll out the dough for each one.
The presentation looked fantastic, even though the lemon sauce was contaminated with Kieran double dipping when he tasted it. The fish was dry but the Asian girls like it but they were just being contrary to anything the real housewives were saying.
Though anything must have tasted nice after waiting that long.
The prep for the dessert went far more smoothly except some of the pears were harder than others. Pete thought the dessert was near perfect, Manu who got the hard pear not so much.
With the long waits tempers were being frayed and the ‘real housewives’ had a crack at the NSW team for giggling when they were talking about dessert. Melina said “Am I interrupting you?”. Needless to say this is just the foreplay to Monday night’s episode where it apparently explodes. In an evenly matched battle who knows who will come out on top.
However with all this going on Lisa and Stefano are quietly slipping under the radar giving out another one point for a meal that was better than that.
Victoria scored a two, Tassie gave a four, Qld gave a five, and NSW gave a six. For a total of 18 out of 50 which was the same as the housewives.
Pete gave a three for main, a six for main and an eight for dessert. Manu was not quite as generous he gave a one for entree, a seven for main and a five for dessert.
They received a total of 48 out of 110 which means they are on the bottom of the table.
It is the halfway point of the third round of instant restaurants and not one team has made a pass mark.